If a smartphone brand focus on making only smartphones, there is no future for its development. That’s why many Chinese brands have diversified their businesses and they are designing not only regular handsets but many other products as well. They are mainly called the Internet of Things, which includes smartphones, smartwatches, smart headphones, and other smart peripherals. Obviously, almost all brands are currently working in this direction. For example, OPPO has covered all linkup such as smartphones, headphones, as well as launched its first smartwatch this year. In this sense, only VIVO has not yet released related products. But today, on the website of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), a VIVO smartwatch patent was again released. From the sketches, we can clearly understand what direction this manufacturer will go in.
VIVO Smartwatch Design
The VIVO smartwatch adopts the traditional round dial design. In fact, this is a common design solution in the smartwatch market. As you can see from the patent picture, there are no scale marks on the outer ring of the front bezel, there are two solid circular buttons on the right side, they should be the power button and the function button. Two metal contacts can also be seen on the back cover, and it’s not difficult to guess it will be the charging connectors. A charging interface is also designed on the top. In addition, the strap of this watch is replaceable. There is a metal buckle above the strap, which is convenient for users to disassemble.
We should admit the VIVO smartwatch has been gotten rid of the shadow of Apple, nor the OPPO Watch. The style is more biased to the circular design of the Huawei Watch GT2 or the Xiaomi Watch Color. Prior to this patent, VIVO announced another smartwatch on CNIPA in May, the patented design of another smartwatch is a bit different from the appearance of this one. Say, there is a scale mark, and the two physical buttons on the right side are also different. Combining two different design drawings, it is expected that the VIVO smartwatch will tend to use different watch sizes similar to the Huawei Watch GT2. Plus, there should be different styles, such as fashion and sports editions. Anyway, we have no more details about materials it will be used on the watch and no more info about the interface or screen.
VIVO Is Joining The Party
In addition, according to 91mobiles, VIVO has registered the trademark of ‘VIVO Watch’ with the European Trademark Office (EUIPO) at the beginning of this year. VIVO also said in 2019 that it will enter the field of smart wearables. When combining all these, we can see VIVO will formally launch its own smartwatch products in the near future.
At present, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and OPPO all have smartwatch products. In the Chinese market, the share of the smartwatch business is basically controlled by smartphone manufacturers. In addition to the Apple Watch, there are smartwatches from Xiaomi, its affiliated company Huami (Amazfit), Huawei, and Honor. Among them, Xiaomi and Huawei occupy the main market share.